It doesn’t get much closer than this. Two top-ten ranked UFC prospects in the featherweight division riding high on winning streaks facing off for a shot at the 145-pound title. This weekend in the Octagon one fighter will advance to glory, whilst the other will fall down the pecking order. Cub Swanson vs Brian Ortega is is sprightly encounter that could go one way or the other. UFC Fight Night 143 tips and predictions as follows…
What’s interesting is that Swanson is reaching the end of his UFC contract and is stalling on renegotiating. Hopefully we will see the inked-up no-nonsense brawler extend his tenure, however, the outcome of this battle could rewrite those plans permanently. Meanwhile Brian Ortega is looking a hot prospect as coming into this bout undefeated. An opponent in the form of Swanson is likely to pose more of a threat than his previous conquests so this will be a poignant test for him. Let’s look ahead to the match-up in detail.
Cub Swanson goes into UFC Fight Night 143 with a record of 25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC. The record of Brian Ortega reads 12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC. Ask any mainstream UFC or MMA sports writer and there’s a high percentage they will side with Swanson for the win. Our prediction falls in line with this assumption as we feel the Californian is aiming for this event to propel him into the limelight, whether that’s as a UFC competitor or within another mixed martial arts organisation.
Ortega is a fine fighter with sound grappling skills and mad submission technique, but is that enough against a seasoned pro in Swanson? We don’t believe that to be so. At 26 years of age, we feel this isn’t Ortega’s time to shine and he may well benefit from rolling with Swanson to add a new dimension to his game. Having said that, Ortega is clearly capable of upsetting the odds and proving us all wrong. It’s a tough one to call.
The official bookmakers have Ortega is favourite by a slim margin going into UFC Fight Night 143. Our betting prediction therefore gives greater return for a stake on Swanson coming away with the victory. Betting on Ortega requires a higher stake to earn, but the bookies must have him in front for a reason. A wise tip for betting on Swanson vs Ortaga is for the fight to not go the distance. With both athletes keen to make an impression, there’s every chance of seeing a stoppage by TKO or submission before the end of the five rounds.